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A Rich and Diverse Fauna: The History of the Australian National Insect Collection 1926-1991

By: Murray S Upton

386 pages, 54 b/w plates, illus


Hardback | Dec 1997 | #81920 | ISBN: 0643063226
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This is a comprehensive account of the formation of CSIRO Entomology and the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC), and covering the growth of the collection over its first 65 years. The book deals with the difficulties facing the establishment of research in Australia in the 1920s due to the scarcity of adequately trained staff a nd it shows how Robin John Tillyard laid the foundations of the Division of Economic Entomology. The book features: coverage of the building of the first laboratory for CSIRO's Division of Entomology and the trials and tribulations confronting early curators of the collection; details of some of the major collections acquired or donated to the ANIC; and records of important field surveys conducted in the 1970s.

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